Govt failed to learn from the Pathankot attack: House panel HC halts cutting of trees for Metro-3
A parliamentary panel said something is “seriously wrong” with the country’s counter-terror establishment, even as it pulled up the government for failing to learn from the Pathankot airbase attack.
The attack on the forward base in the border state of Punjab on January 2, 2016, left seven security personnel dead. It took forces three days to secure the airbase. India has blamed Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed for the attack. The panel also questioned the role of the Punjab police and their handling of the events before the assault.
The Bombay high court on Thursday restrained all authorities from cutting any tree for the Metro-3 line. More than 5,000 trees are required to be cut for the current route. The court also expressed the need to form an independent committee of experts to look into the matter of cutting so many trees and to examine the viability of relocating the trees required to be cut for the metro line between Colaba and SEEPZ in Andheri.
The judges expressed the need after senior advocate Janak Dwarkadas, representing one of the petitioners, Mina Verma, pointed out in the past five days the Metro-3 contractor has decimated about 100 trees. There is an Act to protect and preserve trees in urban areas, there is a tree authority and tree officer and a procedure to grant permission for cutting trees, said the senior advocate.